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Bharat Dynamics Limited signs MoU with IIT Kanpur to manufacture ventilators for COVID-19 treatment

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On May 5, 2020  Bharat Dynamics Limited(BDL), a defence Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kanpur for the large-scale manufacture of ventilators developed by NOCCA Robotics(incubated start-up of IIT Kanpur)Pune, Maharashtra to enhance the development of affordable ventilators for COVID-19 treatment & is in line with ‘Make in India’.Major Highlights

i.An MoU to this effect was also signed between BDL, IIT Kanpur’s incubator Foundation for Innovation and Research in Science and Technology(FIRST) and NOCCA Robotics Private Limited(NRPL).

ii.NOCCA Robotics has designed & developed a high-end affordable, indigenous ventilator necessary for providing life support to critically ill COVID-19 patients under the overall supervision of the team led by Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Startup Innovation & Incubation Center(SIIC), IIT Kanpur

iii.It also provides support to the critical patient, safeguards the frontline healthcare workers from exposure to the virus. 3 young graduates of IIT Kanpur – Nikhil Kurele, Harshit Rathore and Tushar Agarwal are at the  helm of this innovation.

iv.A group of eminent business leaders, medical devices industry experts, and experienced clinicians from India and abroad, came forward and provided their mentorship to the whole project as a support to this project.

v.Association of BDL with the team from early April 20, 2020 provided the right stimulus to the project and enabled valuable guidance and inputs from the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) and Directorate General of Mines Safety(DGMS).

vi.Outcome of the collaboration-  the NRPL has moved from inception to production of the fully operational prototype production, which is in line with the technical features and specifications released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare within 5 weeks

About BDL:
Corporate Office– Hyderabad,  Telangana
Chairman & Managing Director(MD)– Siddharth Mishra

About IIT Kanpur
Director– Abhay Karandikar

About DRDO:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman– G. Satheesh Reddy

About DGMS:
Headquarters– Dhanbad, Jharkhand
Director General– D.K. Sahu.